The SMP Community Fund, Inc. board of directors meets quarterly. The board will hold its next quarterly meeting on September 26th at 12 noon. The meeting will take place at Fanplex, 768 Hank Aaron, Atlanta, GA 30315.
“The S.M.P. Community Fund, Inc., (SMP) was created through the Operating Agreement between the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (‘the Authority”) and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., (“the Atlanta Braves”) for the purpose of providing funds to the communities that are impacted by the baseball stadium. The intent of the community fee is to benefit the neighborhoods in which the Baseball Complex is situated or which are otherwise affected by the baseball stadium, as the Authority determines. Currently, the funds are used to benefit the neighborhoods of Summerhill, Mechanicsville, and Peoplestown. The Authority has designated SMP as the “Administrator” of these funds.
The SMP Board of Directors administers the use of these funds, through grants, for the following purposes; housing, economic development, athletic, sporting, cultural, religious, political, musical, educational and other charitable purposes in the context of the approved comprehensive plan for the SMP neighborhoods. Additionally, the uses are guided by a commitment to serving a significant number of low-income, single-parent, elderly and rental households.
The powers of the SMP are vested in its seven (7) – member Board of Directors, who receives no compensation. The following persons currently serve on the Board of Directors:
Plemon El-Amin, Chairman
Columbus Ward, Vice Chairman
Mattie Jackson, Trustee Emeritus
The SMP board of directors hired a Grants Administrator to assist it with fulfilling its duties to the community through awarding community grants in an efficient, fair and transparent manner. The board has contracted with Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. for this responsibility. The contact person is Kate Little.